A very good example of a Malaysian Parang Knife Short Sword with an interesting monster-head hilt made from bone. The blade is very well tempered and signed. It probably dates from the 20th Century. The average Parang blade is around 10–24 inches and blades that are shorter are known as a Pisau (knife). The parang comes complete with a well carved wooden scabbard. The hilt has an ebony ferrule and the ebony is repeated at the bottom of the scabbard. The longer-bladed version (over 24 inches or longer) is called a Pedang (sword). Parang handles are normally made out of wood or horn or in this case; bone. It is a very useful utility tool in the jungle and has been known to be carried by special forces, including the British SAS. Blade length is 14.5 inches (20 inches overall).
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